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Canisius in the News

Business First reported on Canisius President Steve Stoute being appointed co-chair of the Western New York Regional Economic Development Council. The council is one of 10 established by New York State to develop long-term strategic plans for economic growth. Click here to read the story.

Submitted by: College Communications

PA Grad Named AAPA Student of the Year

Deepthi Krishna ’23, a graduate of the Canisius PA Studies program, received the 2023 PA Student of the Year Award from the American Academy of Physician Associates (AAPA).  The AAPA Awards Committee selected Krishna from a pool of applicants from across the United States.

The prestigious award honors a PA student who furthers the image of PAs and PA students; gives self-sacrificing time and effort in service to community; demonstrates leadership and professionalism; and exemplifies the PA profession’s philosophy of providing accessible, quality healthcare to all.

Krishna is a first-generation, non-traditional student of color who experienced first-hand the emotional and financial burden due to access challenges of the healthcare system. Because of these experiences, Krishna pursued a career in healthcare and volunteered her services at rural health camps and free health clinics in areas where people lacked access to basic health care services.

Click here to read her full story.

Submitted by:  College Communications

Catalog Review Sessions

The 2023-2024 Academic Catalog is scheduled to go live in early July. Therefore, we are asking that all catalog page and program curriculum edits be completed by Friday, June 30. To help you with these changes we have set up virtual review sessions and linked helpful instructions on the Academic Affairs wiki page.

The virtual review sessions will go over the Courseleaf modules for the catalog (CAT), courses (CIM for Courses), and program requirements (CIM for Programs). Links to these modules are accessible from the portal. This training is recommended for any current or future chairs/program directors, faculty members who intend to develop new courses, faculty members who oversee minors or other curricula, administrative associates to academic departments, or anyone designated as a page owner. Contact Amy Beiter for the list of assigned pages. The review sessions are being offered on the following days and times:

The review sessions are being offered on the following days and times:

Additional review sessions will be added if needed. If you have any questions or require additional assistance with any edits or updates, please reach out to Amy Beiter at or 716-888-2121.

Submitted by: Amy Beiter, curriculum and student support project associate, Academic Affairs

Nominate a Student for Omicron Delta Kappa

This is a reminder that the deadline to submit student nominations for Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK) is June 1 at 11:59 p.m.

Omicron Delta Kappa is the National Leadership Honor Society, dedicated to honoring students who have made an impact to one or more areas of student life. You can nominate a student by clicking the link below:

You can nominate as many students as you feel meet the criteria for membership (see link for more information)

Submitted by: Jason Francey, director, Student Engagement and Leadership Development, The Center for Student Engagement and Leadership Development


COLI Summer D2L & Updates and D2L both have a number of updates scheduled for this summer. Note that some of these updates, specifically the ones, have not yet been implemented. We will be working on them throughout the summer and have them ready before the Fall Semester. Stay tuned to the Dome and COLI Blog for more updates!

D2L Updates


First, creating D2L Discussion Topics will become easier and more streamlined. The new Topics screen will look and behave similarly to the Dropbox and Quizzes screen. Note that the way a Forum is created will remain the same. This new screen will be opt-in to provide a transition period. Take a look at our new D2L: Discussion Topics Introduction video to learn more.

New D2L Discussion Topic Screen showing a two-column layout similar to D2L Quizzes and Dropboxes.

Quiz Messaging

Whenever a student exits a quiz, D2L will give them a warning pop-up. This pop-up will contain a message that varies a bit depending on whether or not the quiz is timed or has an end date and when the student leaves. However, the general idea of the message is to warn students that, if they leave the quiz and come back, the Timer does not stop or they may be “locked” out because of the end date. Note: for these new pop-ups to appear, the student MUST click on the X in the upper-right corner in the quiz page. Exiting out of the tab or browser will circumvent these pop-ups. The following images are courtesy of D2L:

Student using the Close Quiz Button (X) in the upper-right corner to leave a quiz.
Exit Quiz confirmation dialog for quizzes with no end date, time limits, or a time limit that expires before the end date.
Exit Quiz dialog for a quiz with a time limit but no end date.
Exit Quiz dialog for a quiz with an end date that will occur before the end of the timer.
Exit Quiz Dialog for quizzes that are past the end date.


There will be multiple updates to the dropbox.

  • Similar to dates in Discussions, there will be a few options for Availability Dates in Dropboxes:
    • Visible with Access Restricted: Students can see the title of the dropbox only until/after the specified date. The dropbox will automatically open/close after the specified Start date/End date.
    • Visible with Submission Restricted: Students can see the title of the dropbox and description (if there is one) but will not be able to submit until/after the specified date
    • Hidden: The dropbox is completely hidden from students until/after the specified date
  • Easily see dates of dropboxes on the Dropbox page
    • You will now be able to view Start, End, and Due dates underneath the title of the dropbox in the Dropbox overview page

These updates are mostly “quality of life” improvements and should not affect your overall workflow (except for making it easier to use Dropboxes). Updates

Use PDFs Uploaded to D2L

You can skip Google Drive now! Instead of having to make sure the PDF is on your Google Drive, you will be able to use PDFs that you upload directly to D2L. This will streamline the process of making Assignments, allowing you to work entirely in D2L. This will also make it a bit easier when copying Assignments from one course to another course. Group Assignments

If you have ever wanted to break students into groups or have a certain group of students focus on one set of questions and another set of students focus on another set, now you can! will be able to access and use D2L Groups to create Group Assignments.